Around Town First Day OCTOBER 24, 2014

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)

HELPERS CLUB — The Helpers Club will hold the Halloween party for the San Pedro Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the dining room. Second-grade classes from Yucca Elementary School will provide entertainment, followed by doughnuts and apple cider. All members, families and interested persons are urged to attend. For more information, call 746-7314.
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KIDS’ KARNIVAL — Trinity Temple, 15th Street and Hermosa Drive, invites children up to age 12 to their annual Kids’ Karnival from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, for fun, games, a cakewalk, and more. Cost to attend is one current and labeled can of food for the church’s food bank. One can buys 10 tickets. When attending in costume, keep in mind this is a Karnival for young children.
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DEMOCRATIC PARTY — The Eddy County Democratic Party will hold an early voting rally at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, on the Eddy County Courthouse lawn. Candidates Rocky Lara and Christy Thomas will be in attendance. A raffle for a 32-inch flat-screen TV will also be held.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and non-profit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around town.)
LIONS TAILGATE — The Downtown Lions Club will host a tailgate party from 4-7 p.m. today on the east side of Bulldog Bowl prior to Artesia’s game against Roswell. Plates are $7 each and include a hamburger, chips, drink and dessert. All proceeds will benefit the Junior Lions scholarships.
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BULLDOG SAMS — The October meeting of the Bulldog Sams will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Senior Center with refreshments to follow. A report on the Samboree in Gallup will be made. All members and interested campers are urged to attend. For more information, call 484-3385.
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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS — The Artesia Arts Council will host a Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead workshop from 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Artesia Historical Museum staff will bring sugar skulls to decorate, sugar skull ornaments to make, temporary tattoos, and items to color as well as a dog-tag necklace and mini-bucket of candy for each participant. Cost is $15 and will support AAC programs and projects. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, call 746-4212 or 748-2390.
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CAR WASH — Victory Life Fellowship will hold a car wash, weather permitting, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Burger King. Cost is $10 per vehicle.
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PARKING LOT SALE — Calvary Missionary Baptist Church will hold a parking lot sale, weather permitting, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. A variety of items will be sold.
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PORCELAIN ART — The Yucca Porcelain Art Club will meet at 9 a.m. for coffee, 9:30 a.m. for business Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Westminster Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 2801 W. Fourth St., Roswell. Dianne Snodgrass of Lubbock, Texas, will give the demonstration/paint-along on Nasturtiums. Anyone wishing to paint with her may bring supplies. The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Julia Esquibel at 622-3024.
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FEED ARTESIA — The Altrusa Club and Artesia Fire Department will celebrate Make a Difference Day with a Feed Artesia event from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Terry’s Electronics parking lot. Bring nonperishable foods and individual-serving-sized food items to benefit Artesia Emergency Relief, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Packs of Love. Early drop-offs may be made at either AFD station.
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ON THE MOVE — Friends and members of On the Move will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center to prepare a meal to be served at 4 p.m. to the homeless. Attendees will have the opportunity to shower, eat a hot meal, and sit in a warm place for a while. Fenn’s Country Market and other local businesses and volunteers have provided paper goods, food, and time and energy.
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UNITED WAY GOLF SCRAMBLE — The 28th Annual United Way Golf Scramble will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Artesia Country Club. Entry is $30 plus cart and greens fees for non-members. To register, call the pro shop at 746-6732.
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SCHOOL BOARD — The Artesia Public Schools Board of Education will hold a special open board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in the Lowell M. Irby Board Room at the Administration Building, 1106 W. Quay Ave., for the purpose of discussing the programming phase of the new freshman academy. A copy of the agenda for this meeting is available at the Administration Building.
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BAND BOOSTERS — The Artesia Band Boosters will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in the Artesia High School band hall. All band parents are asked to attend. Much will be discussed, including the upcoming Turkey Shoot, Fire Concert scheduled for Nov. 1, All-State tryouts, and the Dec. 9 Winter Concert.
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HOSPITAL BOARD — The Artesia Special Hospital District Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in the meeting room at Artesia General Hospital.
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STREET CLOSURES —A street closure is scheduled for Oct. 28 through Nov. 4 in the area of 318 W. Runyan Ave. for a sewer tap.
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DWI COUNCIL — The Eddy County DWI Program Advisory Council will meet at noon Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the private dining room at the Carlsbad Elks Lodge. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact the program at 575-234-9963.
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COSTUME CONTEST — A&A Loans, 207 S. First St., will hold a Halloween Customer Appreciation Day from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, featuring games, giveaways, food and an all-ages costume contest. Big prizes will be awarded for Most Unique, So Sweet, Super Crazy and Too Cute. For more information, call 748-2274.
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MEMBER APPRECIATION — In recognition of National Co-op Month, CVE will host a Member Appreciation Day from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at its headquarters, 1403 N. 13th St. Popcorn, candy, door prizes and giveaway items will be available, and attendees will be able to learn about programs, current hot topics, and energy efficiency options for CVE members.
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HALLELUJAH NIGHT — Forever Free Fellowship, 801 Grand Ave., will hold Hallelujah Night at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. For more information, call 748-8839.
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HALLOWEEN DANCE — The Eddy County 4-H Council will sponsor a Halloween Dance fundraiser to help defray medical costs for Danielle Bailey, an Eddy County 4-H member. The dance will take place from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Eddy County Fairgrounds Community Building. Youth 18 and under are invited and need not be 4-H members; parent chaperones are welcomed and encouraged. Admission is $5 per person. Costumes must be school-appropriate.
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PINE CAR DERBY — The Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest will hold a Powder Puff Pine Car Derby from 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Carlsbad Program Center, 409 S. Alameda St., Carlsbad. All female participants must bring a ready-to-race car. Cost is $5. The Carlsbad center will be open from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 3 to help with car creation. For more information and to receive a copy of the rules, contact Melanie Lipman at 575-887-2577 or mlipman@gsdsw.org.
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PARADE OF LIGHTS — Float applications for Light Up Artesia’s Parade of Lights are available now at artesiamainstreet.com. The parade is free to enter and lots of fun. Applications are due Nov. 28; Light Up Artesia will be held Dec. 4. For more information, call 746-1117.
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CHURCH SALE — First United Methodist Church, corner of Fifth Street and Grand Avenue, is removing its Fellowship Hall in order to construct a Family Life Center. Windows, cabinets, doors and other items will be sold. Contact the church office at 746-3535 to set up an appointment to view the items.
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LIBRARY PROGRAMS — The Artesia Public Library is now holding community programs. During the month of October, Baby Time for infants 0-24 months will be held at 11 a.m. Fridays, preschool for children 25 months – 5 years at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, and homeschool for children in grades K-3 at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Programs will last one hour. For more information, contact Youth Services Librarian Geri Dosalua at 748-9966.
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LITERACY PROGRAM — Mothers are encouraged to utilize the time their children are in school by improving English, math and computer skills or working on a GED through the Artesia Literacy Council’s New Beginnings program. For more information, call 748-9740 or visit 2002 W. Grand Ave. (inside Westside Church of Christ).
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SENIOR BINGO — The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
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BAG SALE — The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary will have bag sales each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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DIVORCE CARE — Divorce Care meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the fireside room at Trinity Temple. For more information, contact Debi Argo at 748-2962.